Cozumel – Some Interesting Places to Enjoy

Cozumel is an island in the Caribbean Sea, off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Its name translates as Island of Swallows and it is renowned for its balnearios, scuba diving and snorkeling. It is a major tourist destination and it’s easy to see why.

Travelling to Cozumel

The main portal into Cozumel is the international airport (with the IATA code, CZM) which is located on the Caribbean coast only a short distance from Cancun. It has six boarding gates and handles over 400,000 passengers every year.

It dates back from the Second World War but its subsequent expansion allowed it to deal with bigger aircraft and, consequently, opened Cozumel up to a much larger tourist market. Nowadays, flights arrive at Cozumel airport from a number of cities throughout Mexico, the United States and Canada, meaning that visitors from further afield would need to make connections in one of the aforementioned destinations.

The main town on Cozumel, located only a short distance from the airport, is San Miguel de Cozumel. It is also the only point where ferries from the mainland dock so it offers the primary transport hub of the island.

In addition, Cozumel is visited by a huge range of cruise liners and San Miguel has the piers and berths necessary to receive these ships and the huge volume of passengers that travel on them. Although it is a municipal environment, San Miguel provides a base for various activity holidays across the island.

What to do in Cozumel

Perhaps one of the biggest attractions of Cozumel is the availability of great activities on offer that make for excellent adventure holidays. Firstly, the waters off the coast of this idyllic island are perfect for scuba-diving and snorkeling and were immortalized in the 1956 underwater film, ‘A New World’.

This film attracted the attention of divers across the world, including Jacques Cousteau and continues to do so today. Part of the attraction is the huge number of species visible below the waves, including many that can’t be seen anywhere else, such as the splendid toadfish.

Adventure holidays on Cozumel are largely based in the waters that surround the island and, alongside diving, these include kite-surfing, parasailing and taking a trip on the island’s own tourist submarine. Many of the hotels on Cozumel can provide opportunities to partake in these activities or at least point visitors in the right direction.

Another key attraction of Cozumel is the wide range of wildlife on offer, some of which are endemic to the island alone. These include the Cozumel Thrasher and the Cozumel Island Coati, both of which are highly endangered.

When to visit Cozumel

Its location in the Caribbean means that it enjoys a fairly tropical climate, which offers warmer weather in the summer months, as well as high humidity and fairly low chances of rain. However, in the summer period, this region can suffer from Atlantic storms and hurricanes. It is always worth checking forecasts before travelling.

Aside from weather, visitors to Cozumel in late April or early May can experience the Festival of El Cedral, which commemorates a man who floated from a village on the mainland to avoid persecution, surviving because he clung to a crucifix. The festival includes feasts, fairs, rodeos and much more.

Overall, Cozumel is a small island that can really pack a punch. Visitors who are looking for a taste of adventure will not be disappointed by the range of thrilling activities on offer. Holidaymakers seeking a more sedate experience can appreciate the local culture, varied wildlife and excellent natural beauty. Cozumel certainly has something to offer all visitors.

Martin George writes regularly on
activity holidays for a range of travel websites and blogs. He first visited Cozumel in 2007 and fell in love with the island immediately.

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